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Rocket Lab picks launch pad site
Rocket Lab picks launch pad site

NZ tech company Rocket Lab has unveiled plans for a Canterbury launch pad for its revolutionary battery powered rockets.

Clouds block ideal view of Pluto

The eclipse-like phenomenon, known as a stellar occultation, took just minutes but thick cloud in Auckland blocked the view…

Chasing Pluto's shadow over Timaru

Govert Schilling reflects on NASA’s SOFIA aircraft's successful 8.5-hour flight from Christchurch to watch the dwarf planet…

Astronomers flock to NZ for rare event

A rare glimpse of Pluto is expected to wow astronomers tomorrow morning - and those in New Zealand will have the best seats…

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Super Rugby: 'Queuing through the night' for tickets video Super Rugby: 'Queuing through the night' for tickets

More tickets to the super rugby final have gone on…

Raw: Young man found dead in Panmure video Raw: Young man found dead in Panmure

A young man had been found dead in Panmure this morning…

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Raw: SpaceX rocket blows up after liftoff
video Raw: SpaceX rocket blows up after liftoff

An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies and the first-of-its-kind docking port to the International Space Station broke…

NZ to offer quick, rare view of Pluto
NZ to offer quick, rare view of Pluto

Our country will next week offer international scientists a unique window to a quick and rare astronomical event that last…

Whanganui flooding - as seen from space
Whanganui flooding - as seen from space

While the floods that swamped Whanganui appeared devastating enough from aerial pictures, the view from space has offered…

Raw: Second Copernicus satellite takes off to space
video Raw: Second Copernicus satellite takes off to space

The second satellite of the European Union environmental monitoring system Copernicus is launched from French Guiana.

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Comet lander wakes and phones home
Comet lander wakes and phones home

The comet lander Philae has awoken from a seven-month hibernation and managed to communicate with Earth…

SpaceX cleared for US military launches

Billionaire Elon Musk's firm SpaceX has won approval from the US Air Force to launch military satellites.

Nasa boosted by out-of-this-world ideas

The United States space programme is famous for what it invented and also for how much it spent putting men on the moon.

Flag to represent Earth designed

A graphic designer from Sweden wants Earth to adopt its own flag for use in space.

Launch escape test passes for SpaceX
Launch escape test passes for SpaceX

SpaceX chalked up another big test flight yesterday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new…

World's first orbiting barista (+video)

The first Italian woman in space is now the world's first orbiting barista.

Spacecraft crashes into Mercury

An unmanned Nasa spacecraft has crashed on the surface of the planet Mercury, after it ran out of fuel.

Faulty spacecraft set to crash in Pacific

An unmanned Russian spacecraft is spinning out of control and is set to plummet to Earth next week.

Spacecraft plunging towards Earth

The Russian spacecraft that went rogue yesterday has begun an unstoppable descent into Earth's atmosphere, experts have…

Star pupil zooms in to say thanks
Star pupil zooms in to say thanks

It was the black-and-white, flickering image of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon more than 45 years…

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